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Ebola Outbreak In Nigeria Looks Like It’s Over

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Some good news on the Ebola front: Since the first patient — a dying Liberian-American — flew into Lagos, Nigeria, on July 20, the disease spread to 20 other people in two cities, who had contact with nearly 900 others. But every known case has now died or recovered, and the cure rate was unusually […]

Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah Penalized For End Zone Muslim Prayer?

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Kansas City Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah was charged with an excessive celebration penalty after taking a position of prayer after scouring a touchdown off an interception in last night’s Chiefs routing of the Patriots, and some people are raising red flags: Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim. He’s also a safety for the Chiefs, and […]

Amal Alamuddin Marries Actor

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Making the rounds today: “Internationally acclaimed barrister Amal Alamuddin marries an actor.”

New York Post Attacks A Day Old Baby

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This is how The New York Post chose to mark the birth of Chelsea Clinton’s baby yesterday: Way to stay classy, guys.

CIA’s Stealthy Starbucks

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WaPo’s Emily Wax-Thibodeaux reports that, “At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert.”

Mind-Blowing Maps

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Trending on Twitter this morning is a collection of infographics compiled by Ezra Klein under the heading “22 maps and charts that will surprise you.”

Kim Jong Un Reportedly Ill, May Have Diabetes And Gout

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North Korea’s young, reclusive leader may be ill, because even the North Korean press is acknowledging that something is wrong: That Kim Jong-un is carrying a few extra pounds has been obvious since he became North Korea’s leader in late 2011. But speculation that his increasing weight – apparently partly due to a weakness for […]

Wikipedia Wants to Eliminate The Federalist! Oh, noes!

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When I saw the entry at memeorandum proclaiming that “Wikipedia Is Now Trying To Eliminate The Federalist’s Online Entry,” I was flummoxed.

Yahoo Directory Goes Way of Alta Vista

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Danny Sullivan reflects on the end of another era.

Oklahoma Beheading Linked to Islam

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A fired Oklahoma worker beheaded a woman and was attacking another when he was shot. Workplace violence? Or terrorism.

Tony Bennett’s Amazing Life

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Only one man can say that he has both recorded a jazz album with Lady Gaga and liberated a Nazi death camp.

10 Drinks a Day is a Lot of Drinks!

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The Ezra Klein-less Wonkblog makes us feel good about our drinking habits.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Delay El Al Flight Over Women Passengers

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There is apparently such a thing as too Jewish.

Derek Jeter Ends His Yankee Stadium Career With A Moment Straight Out Of Hollywood

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After a season in which he received retirement honors in every city the Yankees played in, last night was Derek Jeter’s last home game at Yankee Stadium, and it ended better than a Hollywood screenwriter could have scripted it: He almost started crying as he drove himself to Yankee Stadium in the afternoon. He had […]

Daily Show Airs “Controversial” Redskins Segment

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Last night, The Daily Show aired the segment about the Redskins that James Joyner earlier this week. It’s pretty standard fare for a Jason Jones piece, but they didn’t actually end up airing very much footage from the “confrontation” between the Redskins fans and the group of Native American Indians Jones had interviewed: “The Daily Show […]

English-Speaking People Don’t Speak Second Languages

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Americans have long been lampooned for not speaking a second language. Now our cousins across the Pond are getting it, too.

Phil Simms Won’t Say ‘Redskins’ During Tonight’s Football Game

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Tonight, CBS will be broadcasting the Thursday Night Football game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, and at least one of the two announcers will be trying to avoid referring to one of the teams by its name: CBS lead analyst Phil Simms plans to try to avoid saying “Redskins” during Washington’s […]

Cabinet Tenure In Perspective

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As I noted in my earlier post, once Eric Holder’s resignation becomes final, there will only be two people left from the Cabinet that President Obama selected when he first entered office, the Secretaries of Education and Agriculture. In the meantime, Holder will have been the fourth longest serving Attorney General in history. The Fix’s Philip Bump […]

The Economist On Obama’s War Against ISIS: ‘Mission Relaunched’

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The cover for the new edition of The Economist draws a direct parallel between the President’s war against ISIS and his predecessors invasion of Iraq: This week's cover preview: Mission relaunched September 27th – October 3rd 2014 Read via: http://t.co/oojziSoY1o pic.twitter.com/v7zXxpvYNp — The Economist (@TheEconomist) September 25, 2014 Given the rather direct connections between Bush’s war and […]

South Carolina Cop Charged After Dashcam Video Of Shooting Of Unarmed Man Emerges

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A South Carolina State Trooper has been charged in connection with the shooting of an unarmed man at a gas station that seem pretty outrageous: (emphasis mine) On Sept. 4, Groubert pulled over Levar Edward Jones for a seatbelt violation in Columbia, South Carolina, and subsequently shot the unarmed man in the hip. In newly […]

After all, the Queen is a Dog Person

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Via the BBC:  David Cameron to apologise to Queen over ‘purred’ remark Speaking in New York, Mr Cameron told Mr Bloomberg he had phoned the Queen to tell her the result. “She purred down the line,” he said. “I’ve never heard someone so happy.”

Obama’s Coffee Cup Salute Leads To Latest Outrage Of The Day

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The usual suspects flew into outrage mode on social media and in the blogosphere earlier today when video emerged of President Obama saluting a Marine while holding what appears to be a Starbucks cup in his hand: Some are calling it the “latte salute.” When President Obama stepped off Marine One at the Wall Street […]

Dinesh D’Souza Avoids Prison In Campaign Finance Case

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Conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza won’t have to worry about spending time in prison on his conviction for breaking campaign finance laws: The conservative author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was spared prison time on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to violating federal campaign finance laws. Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court […]

ISIS Wasn’t The Only Target We Hit In Syria Last Night

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ISIS wasn’t the only target of America’s air strikes in Syria last night, we also hit targets associated with an al Qaeda linked group that heretofore had not received much attention in the media: U.S. military forces attacked more than just the Islamic State in Syria on Monday night. President Obama confirmed in his brief […]

U.S. To Get Rid Of All Land Mines, Except The Ones In Korea

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The United States will be destroying its stockpile of land mines, with one notable exception: The United States pledged Tuesday to destroy its land mine supply outside of the Korean peninsula, in Washington’s latest move to make good on a decade-old promise to sign up to an international treaty banning the weapons. “We will diligently undertake to […]

Total Respect and Deep Appreciation

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Apropos of a recent OTB post:

CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million By January

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The Centers For Disease Control has a particularly grim forecast for Africa’s ongoing Ebola epidemic: Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released Tuesday, in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave worst- and best-case estimates for Liberia and Sierra Leone based on […]

Ben Carson: ‘Strong Likelihood’ I’ll Run For President

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Ben Carson, the now apparently neurosurgeon who has become something of a celebrity on the right thanks to his outspoken, and often outrageous, comments about President Obama, says that he’s likely to run for President in 2016: Former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and conservative activist Ben Carson said there is a “strong” likelihood that you will […]

Fixing Comments Sections with Financial Incentives

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Jess Zimmerman offers “An ingenious way to save the comments section,” if she does say so herself.

Qatar Won’t Host World Cup, Says FIFA Official

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A member of FIFA’s inner circle says Qatar won’t be hosting the 2022 World Cup after all.

South Park Trolls Washington Redskins

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The South Park gang is weighing in on the Washington Redskins name controversy in classic style.  TPM: South Park aired a season 18 preview in which the show takes on the controversy over the Washington Redskins’ name during the team’s Sunday game. In the promo, Redskins owner Dan Snyder asks that other companies stop using […]

Apple Sells 10 Million iPhones In Three Days

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Apple sold ten million new iPhones in three days: Early sales of Apple’s new iPhones have lived up to high expectations. The company on Monday said it sold more than 10 million of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the first three days they were available in stores. That is higher than the […]

Detroit Lions Linebacker Injured Celebrating Play

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Detroit Lions Linebacker Stephen Tulloch got a little too excited after a play in today’s game against the Packers: Most Detroit Lions play ever? Linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who actually is a pretty darned good player, decided that he needed to celebrate teammate Ziggy Ansah’s tackle. After a two-yard gain. A good play. Not a great […]

Entire Nation Of Sierra Leone On Lockdown Due To Ebola Epidemic

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The entire nation of Sierra Leone is essentially on lockdown due to the ongoing Ebola epidemic: FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The most ambitious and aggressive government campaign against the Ebola epidemic gripping parts of West Africa began on Friday when Sierra Leone ordered everyone in the country to remain indoors for three days, suspending commerce, […]

White House Fence Jumper Makes It To Front Door Of White House

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Late yesterday afternoon, a man scaled the fence at the North Lawn of the White House and managed to get to the front door of the building before being caught by Secret Service agents: A man climbed over the White House fence and raced across the lawn and through the north portico doors Friday night, […]

Let the Games Begin! (Institutional Reform Edition)

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Now on to solving the complex puzzle of the post-referendum UK.

Bob Dole Tries To Rescue GOP In Kansas As Another Poll Shows Pat Roberts Losing

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With Pat Roberts’ Senate campaign, not to mention the rest of the GOP statewide ticket, in serious trouble, former Senator Bob Dole is heading home to try to save things: It has been a rough two-and-a-half weeks for Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, a three-term Republican facing his toughest fight for re-election since arriving in Washington […]

From the “You Can’t Make this Stuff up” File

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Via Yellowhammer News:  Ala. congressional candidate posts video of himself sitting on the toilet

Gerard Depardieu Says He Drinks 12 To 14 Bottles Of Wine A Day

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French actor Gerard Depardieu claims he drinks 12 to 14 bottles of wine a day: GERARD Depardieu is tired of only getting plaudits for his acting — he wants them for his drinking too. The French movie star, 65, claims he starts tipping drinks back at 10am and downs “12, 13, 14″ bottles of wine […]

Final Election Eve Poll In Scotland Finds ‘No’ Leading By Six Points

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As this post is being written, voters in Scotland have been heading to the polls for roughly seven hours, and polls will remain open until 10pm local time, or 5pm U.S. Eastern time. By all accounts, turnout is expected to be quite high, and neither side is claiming that they are assured of victory. However, […]

Air Force Lifts Requirement For Enlistees To Say ‘So Help Me God’ In Oath

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Earlier this month, I noted the case of an unnamed member of the Air Force who had been denied reenlistment because he declined to say “so help me God” at the end of his enlistment oath. As I noted at the time, while this language is set forth in the statute that creates the oath, […]

Why Did England Allow This Vote?

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The thought they’d win big and silence the Scottish separatists. They were wrong.

Texas Rangers Call Up Minor League Coach with Parkinsons So He Can Have Health Insurance

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A heartwarming story. But why don’t minor league coaches have insurance?

What Every School District Needs…

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Via NPR:  San Diego School District’s New 18-Ton Armored Vehicle Creates Stir The six-wheel Caiman MRAP has an official value of around $733,000. But the San Diego school district paid only about $5,000 to transport it, according to inewsorce.org, a website that partners with NPR member station KPBS.” Even if one takes at face value […]

Chinese Airlines Rebrand ‘First Class’ as ‘Business Class’

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A scandal erupted when the Chinese people learned their leaders were flying first class and staying in five-star hotels. Problem solved!

Egyptian Stamp Honoring Suez Canal Depicts Panama Canal

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A new Egyptian stamp meant to mark an effort by the government to build an expansion to the Suez Canal contains an embarrassing error: When the Egyptian government proudly announced plans to build a new Suez Canal last month, officials were so puffed up with pride that they took the time-honoured step of commissioning a […]

Comparative Smog

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Via the LAT,  Beijing’s smog makes Los Angeles air look good: In the American Lung Assn.’s 2014 national State of the Air survey, the L.A.-Long Beach area ranked worst in terms of ozone concentrations and third worst in terms of particulates as measured by the standard known as PM2.5, which captures particles so small they […]

Initiative To Break California Into Six States Fails To Make Ballot

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A ballot initiative that would have put the question of splitting California up into six separate states has failed to qualify for the ballot: A proposed ballot measure to carve California into six states failed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot Friday after election officials determined that backers did not collect enough valid signatures. […]

Mark Sanford Surfaces Again

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South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford, who ended his time as Governor of that state amid controversy after disappearing for days without explanation to visit a mistress in Argentina and then made a seemingly unlikely comeback last year by being elected to his old Congressional seat, is back in the news: Representative Mark Sanford, whose extramarital […]

We Won’t Have Rob Ford To Kick Around Anymore

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Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has made news on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, has dropped out of the race for Mayor: In a stunning last-minute reversal, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has withdrawn from the mayoral race, with brother Doug Ford registering instead to run in his place. Doug Ford officially signed his […]

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